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Michele Grimson is an Irish artist, born in County Tipperary, Ireland, but now living in the South of France. She is formally trained and studied Fine Art and Art History in Cork, focusing her studies on oil painting.
Her early influences were the artists Frida Kahlo, Edward Hopper and René Magritte and Michele’s early painting style could be described as surrealist because of her use of dreamlike imagery – although her intention was always more expressionist. Michele was fascinated by the idea of telling an emotional story through the use of symbolic imagery, painting her works in a semi-realistic style and tends to focus on one character who dominates the surrealist landscape around her, and with the central character and the landscape connecting with each other aesthetically and also in a narrative way. She achieves all this while also channeling a real love for colour and a concern for how colour itself can be used to create…

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  • Born on November 16
  • Joined December 15, 2008

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Michele Grimson is an Irish artist, born in County Tipperary, Ireland, but now living in the South of France. She is formally trained and studied Fine Art and Art History in Cork, focusing her studies on oil painting.
Her early influences were the artists Frida Kahlo, Edward Hopper and René Magritte and Michele’s early painting style could be described as surrealist because of her use of dreamlike imagery – although her intention was always more expressionist. Michele was fascinated by the idea of telling an emotional story through the use of symbolic imagery, painting her works in a semi-realistic style and tends to focus on one character who dominates the surrealist landscape around her, and with the central character and the landscape connecting with each other aesthetically and also in a narrative way. She achieves all this while also channeling a real love for colour and a concern for how colour itself can be used to create emotion with the viewer.
In the 1990’s, Michele began a career in graphic design and commercial illustration. Although she enjoys the art of design and runs her own successful graphic design business, she continues to paint as it gives her the freedom to express herself. Her artwork continues to change and develop and as with many artists, she recognizes that this is an exciting part of the process. There are no limitations, just the freedom to express oneself honestly.
While Michele’s most recent work is abstract in nature, it is still expressionism. She is inspired by the works of Mark Rothko, the American 20th century abstract expressionist and believes that art should not be intellectual and clever but must make the viewer feel something - even if they don’t know what it is they are feeling.
In “It Will Always Be You”, one of Michele’s most beautiful and exciting, yet serene, pieces, she simply paints her two favourite colours because it makes her feel nostalgic and will hopefully evoke a similar reaction with the viewer. She now enjoys the immediacy of this style of abstract, colourful painting as it is always a challenge to explore the relationship between colours and textures.
Michele has exhibited her artistic work in both group and solo exhibitions in her native Ireland.

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